While it is always advised to get professional roofing repair done when you do have a leaking roof, if you have water damage in the attic or already starting to leak inside your home, you want to find the source of the leak fast. Even if you can’t fix it, you can at least stop water from getting in. When water is coming into your home from the roof, here are 4 common culprits of leaky roofing to check first.
The flashing is the pieces of metal that you will often find sitting on the roof joints. These serve as a form of waterproofing, and if they are missing or even just cracked, they can manifest leaks in the roof joints that are naturally more susceptible to water damage.
This isn’t exactly a roofing problem, but it can be a cause of water damage on your ceiling without an immediately apparent roof issue. What happens is that the warm air in your home gets trapped in the attic, but also meets the cooler air from outside up there. That meeting of air temperatures produces condensation that can cause water damage. You will also likely notice a lot of mold as well.
A shingle roof is really a team effort. The shingles are layered together in order to provide a waterproof seal. However, if a shingle breaks or is completely missing after severe weather, that seal is compromised. Water will slip under the shingles and begin to rot away the underlayment until a leak forms.
The number one reason to keep clean gutters is for your roof. If the gutters are filled with leaves and debris, the water can pool in the gutters and it makes it more likely that water begins to slip through the cracks.